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The first inkling
That something was wrong
Starting school, at age six
Entering first grade

The teacher gave us pencils
To learn our letters and math.
What was that on the end?
What's that?
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Saturday, March 17, 2018
Topic(s) of this poem: life
4: 18am,17 March 2018, Saint Patrick's Day.Back in 1953. Minnesota, Osakis town.There was no kindergarten or preschool.
Darwin Henry Beuning 20 February 2019
A picture of me in 1st or 2nd grade, Osakis Public School, Osakis, Minnesota. I was the oldest of 7 children. I have lived with this eraser my whole life.
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Kim Barney 22 February 2019
A perfect picture for this poem, Hank! It looks as if you really are afraid!
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Lawerence Mize 19 October 2018
Enjoyed this one Hank.
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Bri Edwards 30 July 2018
(cont.) i wonder if you've read this recent one from 'bri'. (i'll check) [no, you have not commented anyway]: My Missing Sock! …[ Old Age; Disability; Serious (Mostly) : Military Veterans; Quite Long ] bri :)
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Bri Edwards 30 July 2018
(cont.) ...I love the poem, and thanks also for the Poet's Notes! to MyPoemList. i do not recall being fearful of starting my school years, NOR of ending them when i quit Cornell in the fall of my senior year and 'became' a Conscientious Objector............about the time you went off into the Service (to your country?) . (cont.)
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Bri Edwards 30 July 2018
(cont.) about his time in office i found online: It was Lindsay's misfortune to serve as mayor of America's biggest city at the height of the urban crisis brought on by the coincidence of racial conflict, labour unrest, rashly generous liberal reforms, fiscal improvidence and political confusion. (cont.)
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Bri Edwards 30 July 2018
i got a fine, big, but brief, laugh from the last line, my favorite line here. :)))) gee, in New York State St. Patrick's Day was a legal holiday: no school. a joke. ;) i was going to say also.......it was a legal holiday during NYC's mayor John Lindsay's term in office in '60's and 70's, thinking he was Irish. i now see he was a WASP, but i don't know if he was Irish. besides, he 'ruled' (not really) NYCity, not NYS or the US. (cont.)
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Barney Rooney 08 May 2018
Lovely poem Hank, there's a lot in this one.
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Kim Barney 18 March 2018
Great poem, Hank! Who knew that we all make mistakes? I hope Cindy had a happy birthday.
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Darwin Henry Beuning 17 March 2018
I dedicate this poem to my school teacher sister, Cindy. Today is her birthday! ! !
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